In Memory

Morton Vodian

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02/09/15 07:00 PM #1    

William (Randy) Sturgeon

Mort and I lived in the same neighborhood and were best friends.  We walked to school together before we could drive and spent lots of time listening to music, working on his ’58 Chevy, and getting into a little trouble now and then.  We dated two girls who were also best friends.  I admired Mort for his intelligence, knowing where he was going in life, and how well he dressed.  I lost track of him after graduation but miraculously ran into Mark Swift at Stanford in 1975 or 76.  He was finishing up his PhD and was working for the state in Sacramento. He was in touch with Mort, who had his PhD and was doing post doc work at Cal, and Mark arranged for the three of us to meet for dinner in Palo Alto.  It was a great evening catching up and sharing experiences since graduation.  Little did I know that a few years later Mort and Mark, two extraordinary guys, would be gone.  Unbelievable!  I drove by the old neighborhood a few times since then and still saw Vodian on the mail box but regrettably never stopped and knocked on the door.

03/28/15 10:15 AM #2    

Thomas Messler

Mort was a terrific guy.  He was extremely smart, witty and always funny.  He always had some funny sarcastic comments to make about school or life, which were always on target.  Sounds like he went far in education, but unfortunately not nearly as far as he should of in life.  I'll always miss his humor which helped me put things in persective in high school.  I wish I would have had the chance to get to know him much better. 

07/29/15 03:31 PM #3    

Patricia Wanek (Heller)

We were in home room together but I never really knew Mort until he totally surprised  me by asking me to the senior prom. He was such a gentleman. I am not at all surprised, however, that he went on to get a PhD...he was extremely bright and had a sharp wit. So sad to learn of his passing far too early and the loss of what surely would have continued to be important contributions to the world. Rest in peace, Mort.

08/08/15 02:16 PM #4    

Jacqueline Wilson (Shepler)

I asked Mort to the "Turn Around Dance" . Can't remember what grade we were in but it was a girl ask boy dance. I remember more about the colorful dress I wore than the actual dance. Obviously I liked Mort. He was smart and fun.

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